Here is an index of relevant documents, videos, web sites etc. that we recommend for reference. For some topics we will provide a link to specialist indexes on other sites. See also the entries for organisations/sources on our Links page.
Please let us know of particularly useful sources that you come across.
All rights to material cited here and on the Links page are acknowledged. The purpose is to index sample sources of information on each topic.
NOTES: The latest items are toward the top of this list. The earlier items are no longer current, especially those that refer to the previously propsed site at New Barnfield in Hatfield rather than Rye House, Hoddesdon in the Broxbourne district.
The documents indexed here are for reference. We may not endorse the content of items from other parties.
Herts CC have issued a set of 30 redacted documents of the Contract with the latest Deed of Variation. We are requesting access to several missing documents. Contact the Council or let us know if you want copies of any or all of the Contract documents. (list)
Here is a copy of the illustrated leaflet that Veolia are using to consult residents around the Rye House / Ratty's Lane site selected in the Revised Project Plan. (4.4 MB) link
We have sent an email to the relevant community groups across the county to share our final input to the Council's meeting, via the CEO, relevant officers and councillors. link
Here is a copy of our emailed letter to John Wood, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire County Council, in advance of the full Council meeting on 22 March 2016: 'Waste Management - The Way Ahead' link
It is copied for information to the relevant officers and to all of the county councillors. It raises questions at a strategic level appropriate to the Council, i.e. in terms of its Constitution, policy framework and precedents, especially the failed New Barnfield project.
The Agenda for the meeting refers to the Cabinet's decision on Veolia's Revised Project Plan via a report from Cllr Richard Thake, the relevant executive member. However we hope that councillors from across the political parties will raise questions about the risks of deliverability and lifetime operation of the incinerator plant.
Here is a summary of UKWIN's current advice to us: link
Cathy Roe has shared her notes via the web site of Hatfield Against Incineration: link
This cited sources on several vital points... link
This was sent to all Cabinet members... link
The Secretary of the society sent this letter to the councillors (Executive Members) on the Cabinet. link
These were with Cllr Robert Gordon, as Leader of the Council and hence Chairman of the Cabinet committee link
We have sent the Leader of the Council and Executive Members (who make up the Cabinet committee to make decisions) a briefing paper in our concerns about the proposal outlined in the Officer's Report. covering email - Briefing
The Briefing paper is focussed on strategic matters in relation to policy, rather than to those that would be addressed at the Planning Permission stage.
We have send an urgent message of protest the Councillor Robert Gordon, Leader of the Council, about the undue haste in decision-making over Veolia's Revised Project Plan. In our view deciding a commitment of this magnitude and consequences undermines the soundness of its outcome. link
Note: We have just been advised that the RPP was released 20 days before the Cabinet meeting. We still do not regard that as nearly long enough, especially in view of the ways in which the proposal contravenes the Council's own policies.
Here is a copy of our email to Cllr Richard Thake, Executive Member for Community Safety and Waste Management, toward his recommendation to the Cabinet meeting on 14th March 2016. link
Here is the script we used to address the Cabinet Panel for presenting our Petition on 4th March 2016:
NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED!
This comprises a set of documents that are available online via the formal notice of the Cabinet Panel meeting on 4th March 2016: here (also for the Cabinet meeting on 14th March)
Zero Waste Europe is a network of organisations and municipalities promoting the Zero Waste strategy as a way to make Europe more sustainable. site
The Planning Inquiry held in late 2013 was a crucial stage in the process of contesting planning permission for a mass burn incinerator plant (RERF) at New barnfield, Hatfield. The many documents presented and cited are available for reference online in the Planning Inspectorate's portal here.
Submissions by a range of interested, but not principal, parties are listed here. For instance, Mick Bee's submission on the claimed need for such a facility is available here with attachments for appendices and additional information here.
This was addressed to the Herts. Waste Partnership’s meeting on 27th July 2015, with its theme of Circular Economy. link
We sent this for information to all Transition-minded community groups in Hertfordshire. link
The letter from the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government is available online here along with a copy of the Inspector's report to which it refers, and a notice of Veolia's right of appeal..
Here is a copy of the Information Commissioner's Decision Notice on our request in January 2012 for full disclosure of the Contract with Veolia ES and the Final Business case. Decision Notice (unsigned, 200KB)
Waste Manager - Contract Development
Highly recommended, in the series of Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4: Dash for Ash, Tuesday 19 Feb 13 Duration: 28 minutes. Tom Heap on whether burning our waste to create energy is the sustainable solution we need. Download/podcast/listen again here - available indefinitely.
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The HWP's Secretariat has sent us a copy of copy of the Partnership's latest annual report. We cannot find a link to it online yet, se we are posting a copy for reference here. (PDF format @ 1.1MB)
Veoilia ES's Publications page is here:
Herts County Council's current issues of waste management are summarised in this document:
Here is a brilliant testimony of how with goodwill all round, a community and a waste contractor can get the household rubbish sorted and sold on, through a rate of 75% toward higher levels of recycling:
Thanks to UKWIN and the Zero Waste Alliance for this link.
Here is the notice from the Programme Officer Mary Minnis about the 3-week consultation to 1st June: download.
The links for the Surrey case study are:-
A paper by Dr Paul Connett: Zero Waste: A Key Move towards a Sustainable Society"
We rcommend this one-page critique of the major waste corporations' publicity:
Here is a summary of principles for transition toward a 'low carbon' economy, with highlighting of items you may find useful in this context: Transition principles.